The War To End All Wars

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World War II caused the most casualties, involved more nations, and cost more money than any other war in history. World War II remains one of the enigmatic events in United States history. The undeniable consequences of war results in countries roles to change, caused unnecessary racism throughout the country, and caused global fear.
On December 7, 1941, the United States’ role in the war changed completely. This date, which will forever live in infamy”, was the day the Japanese attacked the U.S. naval bases at Pearl Harbor. America which had remained a bystander all throughout the war so far was now fully involved in it. Despite the fact that the nation previously agreed to stay isolationists because of the terrible effects, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt this time knew the U.S. entrance into war was unavoidable. (Doc A) Now that the nation was involved in the war it must stay in. The United States’ goal to isolationist was forgotten about instantly.
Up until the U.S. did get involved, the choice to stay isolationists was seen as encouragement for the fighting to continue (Doc D). Sudden fear filled the country, not only from the public, but the nation’s leaders as well.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the government feared that any individuals of Japanese descent could have been a potential threat to national security. About 110,000 Japanese-Americans living on the Pacific Coast faced the consequences of the attacks based solely on their physical appearance. In fact, two thirds of these victims were American born citizens. The U.S. government forced these people into internments camp in California. The government used propaganda to promote these communities as peaceful communities filled with promising opportunities and sanitary conditions but they were anything but that. The relocation centers were six-thousand-acre camps enclosed by barbed wire, and held the twenty-by-twenty uninsulated cabins that were virtually uninhabitable during the cold nights. While the victims put on a strong face to show the government their loyalty and dedication to the nation, they resented the leaders for placing them in the...

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